The Nigeria Governors’ Wives Forum has declared its full support for the National Drug Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, and its ongoing war against illicit drug abuse and trafficking.
The forum is also looking for a formidable partnership that will protect states and Nigeria from the threat of the drug subculture.
The statement was the culmination of a meeting between the leadership of the forum and NDLEA President/CEO Brig. General Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retired) at the Agency’s National Headquarters in Abuja on Thursday, February 3, 2022.
First Lady of Ekiti State and Chairperson of NGWF, Erelu Bisi Fayemi led the delegation, which included First Lady of Kwara, Olufolake Abdulrasaq; Imo, Chioma Uzodinma and Yobe, Hajiya Hafsat Kollere Buni.
A statement signed by NDLEA Media and Advocacy Director, Femi Babafemi,
quoted General Marwa expressing his appreciation for the visit, adding that their interest in the drug problem in the country shows their humanity and commitment to supporting their husbands to bring about a better society devoid of drug-induced crime drug.
“Let me make it clear that President Muhammadu Buhari is the number one drug fighter in Nigeria today because of all he has done to win the country in the war against illicit drug abuse and trafficking. As such, we rely on the states, especially the wives of governors, as pillars and partners through which state citizens, local councils and communities are mobilized to reject this devastating subculture,” a- he declared.
He instructed governors’ wives to work with their husbands to make the drug problem a top priority on their agenda; support NDLEA State Commands with logistics; establish rehabilitation centres; providing jobs and skills to young people; massive awareness campaigns on public media and mandatory drug testing for students, workers as well as future couples, among others.
In his remarks, Erelu Fayemi said they came on the visit to inform General Marwa of their collective decision to adopt drug addiction as a flagship project “to address the alarming problem of drug addiction in our communities.”
“So we are here today to pledge our support for the NDLEA to ensure that our country and our communities become drug free. We don’t want to stand idly by as mothers and see our children consumed by this threat,” said Erelu Fayemi.
They made four requests, all of which were instantly granted by General Marwa.
Their demands included: that the NDLEA continue to view the state’s first ladies as important allies in furthering the agency’s goals; involve them in the fight against drugs as Champions in their respective States; help build the capacity of State Frist Ladies and their teams to be effective partners in the war on drug addiction and to engage them in national and state drug campaigns.
In their contributions, the first ladies of Kwara, Imo and Yobe expressed their willingness to engage with WADA’s advocacy program and the agency’s National Drug Control Master Plan, NDCMP, in their respective states. .